Spurs flop Kevin-Prince Boateng must prove he wants to play for Birmingham after Alex McLeish is given permission to sign him


Boateng's Spurs nightmare is almost over

Birmingham City have been given permission take Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan with a view to making the move permanent. 

But manager Alex McLeish wants to find out if the player is committed to playing a part in Birmingham's bid to win promotion from the Championship before completing the deal. 

McLeish insists he will not sign the player if he is a 'reluctant conscript'. 

Boateng cost Spurs £5million when he arrived from Hertha Berlin last year to sign for  Martin Jol. 

But he has been frozen out of Juande Ramos's plans and Birmingham are offering Boating a chance to resurrect his career following  negotiations between Blues managing director Karren Brady and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.  

'I can confirm our interest in Kevin, I think it's well  known now,' said McLeish. 'Karren has been talking to Spurs for a few days now and there's something there to be done.

'Kevin's been back in Germany and I've not really had chance to speak with him properly which I need  to do. I need to know he wants to play for Birmingham, fight for the cause and is not just a reluctant conscript. 

'Kevin would have the chance to relaunch his career here and be a star. I need to get a feel for the player and see it in the whites of his eyes. 

'If he comes on loan because it's better than playing in the reserves then that's no good from our point of view. That's why nothing's happened yet.'

West Ham's Nigel Quashie is still training with Birmingham and contemplating a loan move subject to him reaching full fitness.

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